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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - A man in Mississippi has been charged with aggravated domestic assault and kidnapping after he allegedly held his girlfriend captive for two days and carved his name in her leg. A Friday news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Office in central Mississippi says 33-year-old William McCoy of Ellisville was arrested at his residence after the victim's mother reported the accusations on Thursday.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports that the first human case of West Nile virus this year is in Forrest County. The state epidemiologist, Dr. Paul Byers, notes that people throughout the state are at risk and should be protecting themselves against mosquito bites. The department reports only laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2016, Mississippi had 43 cases of West Nile virus, including two deaths.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two employees of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services are getting an award for discovering an abused boy. Gov. Phil Bryant Friday honored Tausha Rawls and her supervisor, Melody Vaughn, for their response to a tip that neighbors hadn't seen a boy at a Canton apartment complex.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bryant says opponents are "desperately hoping" Mississippi will be hurt by a law that would let businesses and government workers deny some services to same-sex couples. The Republican spoke to reporters Friday, a day after a federal appeals court lifted an injunction that has blocked the "religious objections" law from taking effect for nearly a year.

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